MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The impact of the novel coronavirus is being felt all across the Mid-South where new cases are being announced every day and new steps are being taken to help limit the spread. Keep checking back for the latest COVID-19 updates throughout the day.
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Below are the latest updates for Saturday, May 16:
UPDATE: (10:00 p.m.) The Arkansas Pandemic Unemployment Assistance site was hacked on Friday, leaving over 30,000 applicants’ bank information leaked.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.) The Tennessee Department of Health announced there are 17,288 confirmed cases in the state with 295 deaths and over 9,500 patients recovered.
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.) Governor Asa Hutchinson updated the state on the COVID-19 fight.
There are 115 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, 75 of those are in the Randall-Williams Unit at Pine Bluffs. 4,578 cases in total, 1,008 are active cases. 3,472 are recovered.
The governor has added a drive-thru testing site in Forrest City as St. Francis County has one of the highest numbers of cases.
The Pandemic Unemployment System was breached by a person signing up for the assistance, Gov. Hutchinson said.
As of right now, the state does not know if any social security or bank account information was taken. It is being investigated by the cybersecurity division for forensic analysis, according to the governor.
The analysis should be completed today and the state will decide any further actions they will need to take.
The site is currently being worked on, according to the governor.
“Yesterday, we learned of a system vulnerability impacting the Division of Workforce Services’ Pandemic Unemployment Assistance application system and have disconnected outside access to the PUA network," said Zoe Calkins of the Division of Workforce Services in Arkansas. "ADWS is committed to completing a full forensic review and will take all appropriate action in response to our findings.”
The state is using a third-party company to investigate the potential data breach.
UPDATE: (12:40 p.m.) Horseshoe Tunica announced they will reopen on Thursday at 8 a.m.
UPDATE: (11:15 a.m.) The Mississippi Department of Health reports 11,123 cases of the coronavirus in the state, an increase of 322, and 510 deaths, an increase of 17.
UPDATE: (10 a.m.) The Shelby County Health Department reports 3,641 cases of COVID-19 with 84 deaths and 2,375 patients who have recovered.
UPDATE: (6:15 a.m.) As the worldwide number of cases increase, so does the U.S. numbers. But, the number of recovered patients continue to increase, too.
The number of global cases is up to 4.5 million cases with over 308,000 deaths and 1.6 million recoveries.
The number of U.S. cases is at 1.4 million with over 87,000 deaths and over 250,000 who have recovered.
Arkansas cases are at 4,463 with 98 deaths and 3,390 recoveries.
Mississippi cases are at 10,801 with 493 deaths.
Tennessee cases are at 16,970 with 290 deaths and 9,280 recoveries.
Shelby County is at 3,569 cases with 82 deaths and 2,115 recoveries.
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